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Letter: Museum needs foundation to continue its success


Recently, the Reading School District launched an effort to replace the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum as manager of day-to-day operations and steward of its collection. Beyond directly violating the 1991 agreement between the district and the foundation, such a move would spell doom for the public’s ability to access the museum’s collection.

That’s because maintaining a priceless public treasure like the collection costs money — and any new entity installed by the district could never match the level of public and donor trust that the foundation has spent decades cultivating.

Put bluntly, current donors, both small and large, would have serious questions about whether any new management is responsive to the public — or even the school district. It strikes me as a blatant disregard for museum founder Dr. Levi Mengel’s vision to maintain the collection forever in the public trust.

Like any museum, Reading’s cannot exist without donors. And as a donor who has invested time and resources in supporting the cultural touchstones that make up our Reading community, I know there is no other entity capable of ensuring this 120-year-old treasure is still around for another 120 years to come — in other words, the museum is nothing without its foundation.

Carolyn Holleran
Spring Township

Source: Berkshire mont

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